Univ of Dayton HonorsLINK Issue 14.2

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News and notes from the University of Dayton Honors Program

Inside this issue The Retiring Ms. Palermo, Pages 12-13 Artists Revealed, Pages 14-15 Student News, Pages 16-19 Cover Story: Scholar Athletes, Past and Present, Pages 6-11

Mary Willard ’15 Rowing Team


THE DIRECTOR’S NOTE Dear Honors Alumni, Students and Friends: After what seemed like the longest winter I’ve experienced in Ohio, spring has finally arrived and is quickly making way for summer. We have ushered our seniors into the post-UD world and are initiating our

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process of welcoming the incoming class. The third cohort of Berry Summer Thesis Institute researchers are hard at work and the junior Chaminade Scholars have returned from a rewarding pilgrimage to Italy.


At the end of May our first group of D.C. Flyers headed to Washington,

Christopher Santucci, Photography

D.C., for ten weeks of internships and networking. We are especially

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proud of these signature programs, and hope that you will be, too.


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I’d like to take this moment to note the passing of Dr. Peter Powers, a

Cassandra Brakers, Reporter and

member of the physics department who served with distinction on our

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advisory council. We miss him and offer our prayers for his family. I’d

Rachel Cain, Reporter

also like to offer a special thanks to Jeanne Palermo, who retired after

Gianna Hartwig, Writer and Editor

doing so much to improve our program, serve our students and make

Luke Kozal, Researcher and Editor

the Honors Program a wonderful place to work. Finally, I want to offer

Ann-Marie Lee, Reporter Alyssa Manzione, Reporter Kaitlyn Meyer, Editor Morgan Schuler, Reporter Abigail Tanner, Researcher and Editor Amy Timmerman, Reporter

a special thanks to two of our graduated seniors, Amy Timmerman and Ann-Marie Lee, both of whom devoted much of their time at UD to designing, writing and imagining this newsletter for your enjoyment.

Wishing you all the best,

Jim Vogel, Reporter and Editor

Administrative Staff Ramona Speranza, Managing Editor,

David W. Darrow, Ph.D.

Layout and Production Manager


News and notes from the University of Dayton Honors Program

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(Left to right): Dominic Sanfilippo ‘16, and other Dayton2DC participants on metro escalator; Grace Callahan ’13, English teaching assistantship in Malaysia; Milena Pisani ’13, research grant in Honduras; Andy Roberts ’13, English teaching assistantship in Thailand. Photos courtesy of subjects.

I have often felt the fluidity of the college campus community is both a blessing and a curse. Although each new academic year brings in young students excited by the prospects of a college career, the end of the academic year brings the time for saying “goodbye” to graduates. These student relationships are the main reason I enjoy waking up every morning and venturing to campus, sometimes in subzero weather! These students bring a smile to my face when they pop in to ask a question or say “Hi” since they were in the area. My favorite visits are when students hear back positively from a fellowship or graduate application and come to tell me of their success. To be a resource for students and help them navigate the waters of both their university and postgrad careers is why I chose a career in higher education; I find this work to be very rewarding. Each college I have worked for has some special attribute. At the University of Dayton this attribute really is the community atmosphere. While attending our recent Dayton2DC spring breakout

this year, I realized something that will forever help me at the end of an academic year. Although students may be Flyers on UD’s physical campus for only four years, they are all Flyers for life. This was apparent visiting various locations in Washington, D.C., and attending alumni receptions in the city. In Washington alone, the number of Flyers willing to help current students with their career aspirations was overwhelming. I realized this same special attribute — the UD connection and feelings of community — exists outside of Dayton, Ohio. Flyers always come “home,” whether it is for Reunion Weekend at UD or if it is to help current students understand life and career options in Washington, D.C. I realize the students I have grown to know and appreciate at UD will give back in this same way. Rather than being sad for my personal loss of a student’s presence, I will instead be excited for the time when I can recruit that student for a future panel to discuss his or her own successful career path and accomplishments with future UD Flyers. Rather than feeling as

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though the cursed part of my job has arrived, I will instead feel always blessed to know that this is not the end. “Goodbye” doesn’t exist in our UD lingo. Instead, I know current students will go out and do great things with their lives, never forgetting that they are Flyers. In a couple of years, we will meet again when they sit on a panel or volunteer to assist future students with their own career paths. What a blessing to belong to such a wonderful community of people, regardless of where that community is currently located.

Laura Cotten Associate Director of Fellowships and Graduate Guidance


from the desk of

Carissa Krane, Ph.D. Associate Director of Research

Family Foundation and the Berry family. The summer reading list for this year’s program includes three books chosen by guest facilitators — two of the alumni of the UD Honors Program — who will participate as book discussion leaders.

Congratulations to Brian Bates, Krista Bondi, Luke Bugada, Joseph Ferber, Genevieve Kocoloski, Claire Konys, Stephanie Loney, Morgan Pair, Maxwell Roeske, Sarah Stalder and Riley Weber, students competitively selected from a strong applicant pool to participate in the 2014 Berry Summer Thesis Institute. Started in 2012, the Berry Summer Thesis Institute (BSTI) engages a cohort of mid-career Honors students from different disciplines/ majors in a 12-week, on-campus program. The BSTI provides them with intensive disciplinary research and scholarship opportunities, 3 Honors credits, professional development and leadership workshops, community service opportunities, public presentation forums, and cohorted social activities. This program is made possible through the generosity of the Berry


Dr. Laura Luehrmann, a 1992 alumna with a degree in international studies, will lead the discussion of China Airborne: The Test of China’s Future by James Fallows. Luehrmann’s Honors thesis was on judicial reform in the People’s Republic of China, and she conducted research at the East China Institute of Politics and Law (Shanghai) to help complete this thesis. She received her M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in political science from The Ohio State University, and is currently on the faculty in the political science department at Wright State University, where she directs the M.A. program in international and comparative politics.

Dr. Lisa Beery Tyler, graduated from UD in 1985 with bachelor’s degrees in English and German, and she earned her master’s degree in English from UD in 1987. Tyler will facilitate the discussion of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Tyler is a professor of English at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, where she has taught for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Teaching Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (The Kent State University Press, 2008) and author of Student Companion to Ernest Hemingway (Greenwood Press, 2001), as well as more than two dozen essays in academic journals and edited collections. She holds a Ph.D. in 20th century British literature from The Ohio State University.

Finally, back by popular demand, former Governor Bob Taft will facilitate a book discussion on The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. The BSTI will culminate with student presentations at the 2014 Berry Summer Thesis Institute Symposium, planned for July 31, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Science Center Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend the symposium. Please contact the UHP office (honorsinfo@udayton.edu) for more information.

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HONORS WEEK There was no shortage of scholarship, camaraderie and fun(!) during the 2014 Honors Week. This year the 2012 Berry Summer Thesis Institute cohort created the inaugural Berry Bowl as a way to raise awareness about the opportunities offered by the Honors Program and bring Honors students together in events like trivia, dodge ball and competitive donating to charities. Fabulous prizes were awarded to winning teams including an iPad, gift baskets and more. The pinnacle of the Honors Week each year is the Honors Students Symposium. This prestigious event allows Honors students completing thesis research to present their findings in a professional and academic setting so that the UD community can view firsthand the hard work of so many. On Friday, March 21, the Honors Program took over Kennedy Union while 68 students presented their work. The College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Schools of Business Administration, Engineering and Education and Health Sciences, had representative Honors presenters at the event. With research concerning everything from the evolution of Disney princesses as positive role models for young girls, to heat transfer coefficients in petroleum fractionation towers, the 2014 Honors Students Symposium was a showcase for much of the hard work and dedication that defines the students of the Honors Program. The event concluded with a meal in honor of thesis writers and their mentors, as well as a welcome to the newly chosen cohorts for the DC Flyers, Berry Summer Thesis Institute and Chaminade Scholars programs.

— Jim Vogel ’16 Honors Students Symposium 2014 senior presenters and reception photos left (top to bottom): Jasmine Jordan, Katie Liutkis, Stephen Crum, Jenna Maffei, reception celebrants, catering delights. Senior presenter photos right (top to bottom): Elliott Mazur, Leigha Brisco, Michaela Herrick, Jesse Grewal. Photos by Christopher Santucci ’16



PARTICIPATING IN THE HONORS PROGRAM involves a lot of time and dedication. Similarly, participating in a college sport requires not only time and dedication, but time management to balance demanding school work as well as practices and games. For Mary Willard, Nate Lundy, Lauren Gresham and Andrew Eckrich, being an Honors student and a student-athlete is a very rewarding experience.

What is the ultimate team sport? Well, for Mary Willard, the

answer to that question is simple. Willard, a rising senior Honors student, has been part of UD’s rowing team since freshman year. Having participated in basketball and track in high school, Willard became involved in rowing after hearing about it on campus. She really enjoys competing, so rowing serves as a fun way of being competitive and continuing athletics after high school. Willard is more than just a member of her team, though. She currently serves as the vice president of the student-athlete advisory committee and will serve as president next year. In addition to planning community service and professional development events, this committee serves as the liaison between student-athletes and faculty and administration.

Thesis Institute, a program that gave her an opportunity to work on her thesis project — she looked at a compact elliptical trainer to see if it would be feasible for stroke patient rehab. She plans to continue being involved with rowing in some way after college. Her team voted her “most likely to be a rowing coach.” Willard has plans to go into neurorehabilitation. Despite her busy schedule, Willard has enjoyed being an athlete as well as a member of the Honors Program. She said that the Honors Program has helped her to branch out and try new things. She has learned from different groups of people who she would not have gotten the chance to work with had it not been for the Honors Program. Being an athlete has helped her structure her school work and stay on task. She encourages each student to branch out and try new things because the payoff will be worth it. “Do not be afraid to ask questions and find out about opportunities. We miss out by not asking questions,” she said. Willard has clearly lived by her own advice as an Honors student and an athlete.

Nate Lundy ‘15

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P eople are often told to follow their dreams . Nate Lundy has done just that. A rising senior at UD studying medicinalpharmaceutical chemistry, Lundy is also a member of the Flyers baseball team. He has been playing since he was old enough to swing a baseball bat and always dreamed of playing baseball in college. “Being a part of Flyer baseball is like having 35 brothers. The discipline, time management and mental toughness that Division I baseball has instilled in me will remain with me for the rest of my life,” he said.

Willard still manages to be heavily involved with the Honors Program. She is currently a Chaminade Scholar, and last summer, she participated in the Berry Summer

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From providing scholarships and advising to facilitating peer support, the Honors Program has been a huge benefit for Lundy. His favorite memory of the Honors Program is the St. Meinrad retreat with his fellow Chaminade Scholars. While being an athlete and an Honors student can be challenging, Lundy has loved being a part of both programs. He said it has added more discipline and “an additional support system full of people offering to help me succeed in the classroom, on the field and in the community.” Whether it is on the field or in the classroom, he is a great example of the value of hard work and determination.

on the cross country team has done more than just provide structure and balance in Eckrich’s life. “It has given me the ability to focus on more than just my individual efforts,” he said. The sense of community found at UD is present

assistant college coach. The Honors Program has allowed Eckrich to challenge himself, “even if it seems crazy.” His favorite part of the Honors Program is taking challenging classes. His advice to fellow students is to “budget your time and get involved.”

She balances being an

athlete and an honors student. Entering her sophomore year, Lauren Gresham cannot imagine doing anything better with her time than playing volleyball. She began to play when she was 9 and continues to do so at UD. “I absolutely love the sport,” Gresham said. Being a member of the volleyball Lauren Gresham ‘17 team has helped her build Photo courtesy of University of Dayton Athletics Communication strong relationships with her teammates and coaches, learn how to manage her time and exercise her competitiveness. But while her passion for volleyball is strong, Gresham still has a strong focus on academics.

A student does what he loves most — and succeeds . In addition to being an Honors student, rising junior Andrew Eckrich is a member of the University of Dayton men’s cross country team. Having started running cross country in sixth grade, Eckrich saw participating in college as not only a way to help pay for college, but also to continue doing what he loves: running. Being


Lundy plans to stay involved in baseball after college, whether it is coaching or teaching hitting lessons. “I love the game of baseball and want to stay around it as much as I can even after I am done playing,” he said.

Andrew Eckrich ‘16 Photo courtesy of University of Dayton Athletics Communication

throughout his team. “It’s not about one person on the course, but the whole team as well,” he said. After college, Eckrich sees himself as a potential high school or grade school coach, possibly even an

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Even though she is new to the Honors Program, Gresham said her membership has already affected her in a positive way. “It has allowed me to place a larger emphasis on my school [work] even with my busy schedule,” she said.

Gresham sees her volleyball career extended past her years at UD. She plans to coach at some point and hopes her kids will play someday.

— Gianna Hartwig ’17 7

MARY WILLARD, NATE LUNDY, LAUREN GRESHAM AND ANDREW ECKRICH ARE EXCELLENT MODELS of Honors student-athletes who have taken on the challenge of balancing two incredible commitments at UD. Below are some other Honors students involved in athletics at the University of Dayton. Justin Abbarno ’17 Football Wide Receiver Brian Bates ’16 Soccer Outside Midfielder Meghan Blank ’17 Soccer Forward Sarah Byrne ’17 Soccer Defender Jonathan Crain ’17 Football Linebacker Benjamin Emery ’17 Soccer Defender Matthew Fakler ’15 Cross Country Erin Filbrandt ’14 Tennis Captain Honors Activity: Thesis Kathleen Golterman ’17 Soccer Midfield Honors Activity: Thesis


Chloe Hollinden ’17 Women’s Rowing Hunter Johnston ’17 Cross Country Mary List ’15 Cross Country and Track Honors Activity: Thesis Erin Mohney ’16 Women’s Rowing Zachary Morgan ’16 Football Honors Activity: SAC Haley Murrell ’14 Women’s Rowing Peter Ogonek ’15 Men’s Rowing Captain Maya Pedersen ’15 Track and Field 400-meter dash Honors Activity: Thesis

Sarah Reynolds ’14 Cross Country and Track Captain Honors Activity: Chaminade Scholar Maxwell Roeske ’16 Cross Country Honors Activity: Thesis Andrew Steffensmeier ’14 Golf Captain Honors Activity: BSTI, Thesis Chelsea Vanhook ’15 Track & Field Middle Distance Honors Activity: Thesis Kevin Wargo ’17 Golf Honors Activity: Business and Marianist Values LLC

From top to bottom: Erin Filbrandt ‘14, Brian Bates ‘16, Andrew Steffensmeier ‘14, Mary List ‘15, Zachary Morgan ‘16, Maya Pederson ‘15 Photos courtesy of University of Dayton Athletics Communication

Amy Thomas ‘91 A Running Success

University of Dayton alumna Amy Fleck Thomas from Coldwater, Ohio, was an Honors student and a college athlete. She received a degree in chemistry and graduated in 1991 before going on to earn her MBA from The Ohio State University. For the past 16 years she has been a researcher at Battelle, focusing on environmental management. During her time at UD, she ran cross country, although her athletic career began at a much younger age. In seventh grade, she started with basketball and track. During her junior year of high school, she convinced her parents she could take on another sport, which later became her favorite. When she was given the chance to pursue cross country in college, she took it. “I love to run,” she said. “I was thrilled about the opportunity to continue to compete at the college level.” But the thrill of running wasn’t the only thing she gained


STUDENT-ATHLETES have the unique opportunity to challenge themselves both academically and physically. Their experiences enable them to learn important lessons in the classroom and as members of a team. Following are articles about three University of Dayton alumni who participated in athletics and the Honors Program throughout their student careers.

from college athletics — she met her two best friends on her way to their first meeting freshman year. The three of them ran together on UD’s cross country team from then on. “I went with them [to the meeting], and then we were never on time for a cross country practice,” Thomas said. After college she continued to run for some time, participating in various road races and triathlons. Today, she doesn’t have much time to run after having three children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Nonetheless, she and her husband still stay involved with sports by coordinating and coaching Special Olympics in their local community in Albany, Ohio.

Thomas’ time at UD helped her in achieving academic and professional success, but she has gained even more from her family and her role in society. She encourages Honors students to take active roles in their own communities. “You’ve been blessed with many talents,” she said. “Remember to give back and serve others.”

— Morgan Schuler ‘15

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Anne Crecelius ’07 Team Spirit

Dr. Anne R. Crecelius, who played for the UD softball team, has had the unique opportunity to interact with the University of Dayton’s Honors Program both as a student and as a faculty member. She graduated from UD in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science option II (now exercise physiology) and currently acts as an assistant professor within the School of Education and Health Sciences. As an undergraduate, her participation in sports and in the Honors Program offered her valuable spaces where she could develop personally and grow in community with her peers. Crecelius was a member of the softball team during her freshman and sophomore years. She enjoyed getting to know upperclassmen during her first years at college, as well as the sense of camaraderie they developed. Being on the team enabled her to learn valuable lessons such as time management skills. She said that “there are a variety of skills / lessons that I learned from playing on a team, interacting with coaches, etc., that I think I have incorporated into who I am today.” Crecelius at play.


Crecelius also appreciated the community she developed among the Honors students and Berry Scholars. “The Honors Program was another valuable cohort group I could associate with,” she said. She developed long-lasting friendships at the summer program and through Honors Program-sponsored social events. The Honors Program also allowed her to explore her academic interests, especially through her Honors thesis. She worked under the advisement of Dr. Paul Vanderburgh to research about and account for any potential body mass bias in the 5K run time handicap that he had developed.

Crecelius still participates in sports by playing tennis and broomball. She believes her experience as a student-athlete at UD has strengthened her connection to her students and to the UD community as a whole. “I think as a faculty member, I can relate to studentathletes with the challenges of balancing academics and athletics,” she said. “Additionally, I think having once been a Flyer on the field, my pride in the University is even greater than if I had not been a student-athlete.”

Now as a UD faculty member, Crecelius is a proponent of the Honors Program and all the academic and personal opportunities it provides for its members. This summer she is advising a student in the Berry Summer Thesis Institute. Additionally, students often contract her course for Honors credit.

Stephen Mackell ‘13

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— Rachel Cain ‘16

Community Team Leader

Last spring Stephen Mackell traded in his running shoes, cap and gown for a farm and a mission. The University of Dayton graduate, now an urban farm manager at the Mission of Mary Cooperative, exemplifies how excellence in and out of the classroom and the continuation of Marianist ideals after graduation can have a tremendous impact on the world. Mackell graduated summa cum laude in spring 2013 as a Division I cross country athlete with a double major in economics and philosophy. He now strives to achieve social justice by being the managerial influence behind an organization that provides and distributes fresh, nutritious vegetables to the East

Dayton community. Mackell’s career is not only physically demanding, but also educationally demanding — both of which his four years as a student-athlete in the University Honors Program prepared him. Throughout his time at UD, Mackell valued the dual role as a student and an athlete. His excellence in cross country was proved not only at meets in competitions, but also when he obtained the title of team captain his junior and senior years.

whole, and did not hesitate when it came to doing so. Both the Honors Program and the cross country team taught him about the value of relationships, community and global interaction.

Mackell emphasized that the positive, close relationships formed during his undergraduate career are the Meanwhile, he dedicated much of most important aspects of both the athletic his time to achieving academic Mackell at the Mission of Mary Cooperative urban farm. and academic settings success as a member of the Honors Photo courtesy of Stephen Mackell that remain with him Program. During his senior year, he since his graduation. was honored with the Presidential of the Honors Program was also He first spoke in high regards of the the benefit he most valued after Scholar-Athlete Award and was named Academic All-American. He relationships and bonds that were graduation. also completed his Honors thesis, formed within the athletic sector of which examined how the economic his college career. “When you’re at “We [Honors students] are the health and development of a region UD, you spend an incredible amount students that are motivated to learn attract businesses to locate within it. of time with your teammates … the things that we are passionate they’re your first about, and motivated to apply those social group on things in order to better ourselves campus,” he said. and to better society. … Together, He still maintains Honors students have the ability contact with to impact the UD community a current track lot while they’re there, [which athletes and other prepares] them to impact society graduates from the after leaving UD.” team and described their relationship In the future, Mackell plans to as a “family expand not only his career, but also unit,” specifically the food operation of the Mission emphasizing of Mary and how it serves the the community community of Dayton. benefits of cross country — the same “I love food and the way it connects community quality a community … to be able to provide that is so important that to my neighbors and fellow Photo courtesy of University of Dayton Athletics Communication in his career today. citizens gives me a great deal of Still, due to his double major in philosophy and economics, Mackell was no stranger to the importance of thinking about the world as a

pride in the work that I do.” Although it provided him with many experiences, opportunities and challenges, the relationship aspect

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— Alyssa Manzione ‘16


The Retiring Jeanne Palermo is leaving her long and illustrious career at the University of Dayton, where she served as assistant director of the University Honors Program since August 2001. Palermo filled a lot of different roles working under three different UHP directors, and her multifaceted responsibilities included alumni relations, recruiting, scholarship coordination, research, writing, staff management and finances. One of Palermo’s key roles was meeting with admitted Honors students who are deciding if the University of Dayton and the Honors Program are right for them. Palermo explained the benefits and membership requirements of the UHP so the students can make a well-informed decision when choosing their college. In fact, she considered getting to watch students

Pat and Jeanne Palermo


grow during their time at UD the most rewarding part of her job. She took the most joy in “seeing students grow from meeting them as high school students visiting campus for the first time, to their early years in the Program, to their blossoming into the amazing individuals they become here and beyond, as alumni of UD and the Honors Program. It is very gratifying to see all the opportunities the Honors Program has to positively influence our students’ academic careers and personal growth.” Palermo also managed the finances of the UHP. There are many funds within the Honors Program — and some are earmarked for specific purposes. For example, the Hull Fund, donated by UD alum Cordell Hull, is for Honors students embarking on international service and research experiences. Other endowments are for scholarshipbased awards.

Photo courtesy of J. Palermo

Prior to coming to UD, Palermo worked as a museum professional. One of her first jobs was researching and writing exhibit copy for bicentennial markers around Montgomery

County (Ohio), one of which is located in front of St. Mary’s Hall. As the former director of museum services for Carillon Historical Park, she spent 12 years helping to transform the museum from a small, grassroots operation into a professionally managed museum. A highlight of her career in the museum industry included discovering a piece of the Wright Flyer III, the second-oldest original Wright airplane, in an attic. Carillon Park was awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant — an initiative started by First Lady Hillary Clinton — to conserve the Wright Flyer III. Palermo, who was the grant writer and administrator, was invited on a special White House tour along with the other grant winners. Palermo considers the supervisory, organizational and creative skills honed while working in the museums valuable tools that aided her position in the UHP. While

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Ms. Palermo Palermo applied the skills developed during her museum career to the record-keeping she did with the UHP, such as the alumni database and archives, she quips that “When I first started, I said that it was a nice change working with people rather than inanimate objects like museum collections.” Overall, she said the most memorable aspect of her tenure with the UHP is simply being part of the UD community. In the spirit of community, Palermo’s favorite Honors event is the graduation brunch “because it is wonderful to see the students so excited and happy and accomplished after four years … to hear what their plans are and send them off into the world!” Outside of work, Palermo loves to knit. She jokes, “I love to buy yarn, so I have to knit to use up the yarn that I buy.” She has also brought her passion into work by teaching knitting over lunch to some firstyear Honors students. As Palermo completed 13 full academic years and retired this May, she said she is most looking forward to having time to volunteer and pursue new interests. She and her husband, Dr. Patrick Palermo, plan to do more traveling to visit their children in Texas and New York, as well as their extended family members who live on the East Coast.

When asked to give advice to any future Honors office staff members, Palermo draws on her years of experience and recommends that any new staff member should “always have the students’ best interests at heart. The students should come first. That’s one of the joys of working on this campus. I think most people think that way, and it is always good to remember that and have it as your focus. We have a wonderful office and the people in it are great to work with, so I think anybody coming into this job would be fortunate.” Indeed, Palermo has many fond memories of her time spent at UD. When asked what she will miss most, she replied, “I’ll miss my co-workers, past and present. I think I’ve worked in the best office on campus and will miss everyone I’ve worked with over the years.” And Palermo, a quiet force and thoughtful voice for the program, will be greatly missed by those remaining. She leaves a much richer University Honors Program thanks to her contributions and dedication to all the Honors students she served during her tenure.

— Ann-Marie Lee ‘14

Palermo retirement party (top to bottom): Dr. Alan Kimbrough signing the guest book; guests enjoying a moment with Palermo; Palermo and Dick Ferguson; Jill Talley and Palermo; Palermo and Jason Pierce Photos by Christopher Santucci



artists revealed

THE 14TH ANNUAL HONORS ART EXHIBITION was a huge success once again. Twenty-four students from many disciplines submitted a variety of artwork created in mediums, including acrylics, charcoal, scratchboard, pastels and photography. The exhibit officially opened January 31 with a reception in Alumni Hall. Faculty, staff and students of the Honors program gathered to view the art created by the 16 students featured in the 2014 exhibit. Winning student artists received a total of $2,600 in scholarships from the Honors program. The artwork was judged by Aimee Marcereau DeGalan from the Dayton Art Institute. The winners of this year’s show were: Gabrielle Boltz ‘15, Forrest Broussard ‘16, Morgan Carrier ‘17, Ashlyn Fridrich ‘17, Kara Hoersten ‘17, Miranda Melone ‘17, Kaitlin Meme ‘14, Kelsey Mills ‘16, Mary Mykytka ‘14, Kevin Obergefell ‘17, Abigail Oravec ‘16, Lydia Pawley ‘17, Grace Poppe ‘16, Victoria Pryzdia ‘16, Christopher Santucci ‘16 and Ann Zerfas ‘15. Following are profiles of three of the awardees.


Ashlyn Fridrich ‘17 Engineering

Best in Show: Spiral Orb Photography Ashlyn Fridrich has been involved in photography since high school. She uses close-up and lighting techniques to create the colorful image [of Spiral Orb]. “Basically it’s a picture of a paperweight sitting on a piano,” Fridrich said. “After I took the picture, I found out that the paperweight belonged to my grandmother. When the piece won best in show at the Honors Art Exhibition, it meant a lot to me knowing that my grandmother was connected to the piece.” Fridrich is also involved in the Flyer Pep Band, the Society of Women Engineers and the UD Drumline.

Forrest Broussard ‘16

Mary Mykytka ‘14

Piano Strings Graphite pencil on paper Self Portrait in Anguish Acrylics on canvas

Silhouettes Mixed media

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Forrest Broussard has been involved with art from a young age and has become much more involved with it since taking advanced art classes in high school. “I really like graphite because of the high contrast. It works really well for the piano strings,” Broussard said. “I like it as a play on the ebony and ivory of the piano as well.” Broussard’s Self Portrait in Anguish is a bright piece totally unique from his graphite drawing. It was inspired by the anguish he experienced over summer homework assignments in high school. “I have always really liked pop art and Andy Warhol, and I was trying to get some of that style across in this piece.” Broussard is also involved with the Christmas on Campus decorating committee and is the treasurer of the UD Sustainability Club.


“I paint and draw mostly. A couple years ago I began making steampunk-style jewelry and now have an Etsy shop where I sell jewelry, art and other crafty things I make,” Mary Mykytka said. “I dabble in photography and lately I’ve also been making a lot of collage/mixed media-type pieces.” Mykytka has submitted pieces to the Honors Art Exhibition for five consecutive years and has been featured in the exhibit four out of the five years.

outlined images came from earlier brainstorming about painting something behind the window. I started with the cat, because cats sit in windows a lot. It still needed something so I added the flowers in a vase, and then some draped cloth to finish it up.” “I don’t have any particular message or meaning in this piece. I just made something I thought would be interesting and cool to look at.” Mykytka is an active member of Studio Theatre.

— Jim Vogel ‘16

“I found the window on the street months ago and picked it up because it was so cool. It took me ages to figure out what I wanted to do to it. I had extra red-orange paint just sitting around. I painted the frame of the window, still not sure what else to do with it. The idea for the Top left to right: Spiral Orb, Piano Strings, Self Portrait in Anguish, Silhouettes; lower photos: Alumni Hall Art Gallery in the University Honors Program suite Photos by Ramona Speranza

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DecemberM set a record with 153 December, May and August graduates — the most Honors Program diplomas ever awarded in a year. We also said good-bye to our last 5 Berry Scholars and our first 6 graduating Berry Thesis Fellows. There were 56 thesis writers and 39 Honors with Distinction awardees in this very successful class of 2014. Congratulations to all of our newest Honors Program alumni! Megan R. Abbate, Adolescence to Young Adult Education, English Mary C. Alwan, Political Science, Human Rights Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Eric B. Antonucci, Biology Bryan A. Baker, Premedicine Lauren E. Banfield, Visual Communication Design Julie T. Benedetto, Religious Studies Ashley M. Berding, Medicinal Pharmaceutical Chemistry Alyssa J. Bovell, International Studies, Political Science Kaitlin E. Boyd, Psychology Leigha R. Brisco, Civil Engineering Stephen Brown, English Allison K. Bruns, Marketing, Finance Business Administration - Sales Katherine M. Bruns, English Kylie M. Bushroe, Premedicine Psychology Emmaclare E. Canter, Accounting Torrie L. Caufield, Psychology Chin Yi Chen, International Studies Alexander H. Chilton, English Christine D. Cirillo, Psychology Olivia M. Cleary, Criminal Justice Studies Sociology Margaret Q. Corrigan, Intervention Specialist Education Stacie L. Covington, English George S. Cressy, Finance Whitney M. Crim, Criminal Justice Studies Stephen P. Crum, Pre-Physical Therapy Taylor M. Darden, Psychology Kristen M. Deane, Political Science Thomas A. DeCastra, Operations Management Jamie L. Dell, Early Childhood Education


Anna L. Demmitt, English Bryan L. Demyan, Premedicine Brendan J. Dillon, Biology Mariah L. Douglas, English, Journalism Solomon G. Duning, Mechanical Engineering Megan J. Dunn, Middle Childhood Education Patrick J. Dyer, Premedicine Katharine M. Ellis, Psychology Spanish Daniel R. Esposito, Physics Mathematics Erin T. Filbrandt, Premedicine Julie A. Fitz, Biochemistry Kayleigh C. Fladung, Journalism Jamie L. Flannery, Psychology, English

Elizabeth A. Gleason, Biology Melissa A. Gottschlich, Nutrition and Fitness, Dietetics Justin P. Gregory, Finance, Business Economics Jasminder Grewal, Biochemistry Matthew J. Haley, Premedicine Colleen M. Hallinan, PrePhysical Therapy Sara J. Hardman, Civil Engineering Olivia J. Hart, Biology Michaela E. Herrick, Philosophy, Sociology Alexandra N. Hill, Early Childhood Education Britney P. Hines, Political Science, International Studies

Photo by Julie Walling

The 2013-14 honors class

Kaitlyn R. Francis, Exercise Physiology Colin A. Franklin, Adolescence to Young Adult Education Nick T. Fry, Mathematics Kathryn N. Gardocki, Middle Childhood Education Elizabeth A. George, Adolescence to Young Adult Education, History Mary Meg M. Gerbich, Business Economics, Operations Management John W. Giltner, Biology Samuel B. Girouard, Finance, Marketing Olivia N. Glavac, Pre-Physical Therapy

Chloe L. Hire, Religious Studies Kiley T. Hogg, Middle Childhood Education Laura K. Huber, International Studies, Political Science, Spanish We’Am Hussain, Premedicine Julie A. Iuliano, Early Childhood Education Alexandra E. Jacob, Biology Jasmine R. Jordan, Political Science, International Studies Patrick M. Joyce, Mechanical Engineering Renee K. Kanney, Marketing

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MayAugust Haley M. Murrell, Dietetics and Fitness, Nutrition Mary K. Mykytka, Theatre Bryanna A. Nennig, Middle Childhood Education Erin M. O’Connell, Dietetics Flor J. Ortega Bolanos, Psychology, Religious Studies Amy A. Pancher, Economics Jonathan D. Payne, Music Performance Linh D. Pham, Finance Erin R. Phillips, History, Economics Lauren M. Pytel, Psychology Hayleigh E. Raiff, Exercise Physiology Connor J. Ratycz, Biology

Jenna L. Maffei, International Studies, Economics Elise L. Marrinan, Political Science Brittany E. Martin, Criminal Justice Studies, Sociology Lindsay A. Mayors, Pre-Physical Therapy Elliott M. Mazur, Physics, Geology Megan L. McManus, Biology Kaitlin M. Meme, Visual Communication Design Benjamin A. Miller, Chemical Engineering Tracy L. Moor, Biology Kimberly R. Murray, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management

Danielle J. Rellinger, Chemical Engineering Margret F. Reuter, International Studies, Spanish Sarah T. Reynolds, Entrepreneurship, Finance Theresa A. Rotuno, Adolescence to Young Adult Education Michael A. Ryan, Biochemistry Laila T. Sabagh, Human Rights Studies, Political Science, International Studies Andrew R. Saling, Chemical Engineering Brittany E. Sanders, Religious Studies Kathryn L. Schaber, Mathematics

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Rusty P. Schnellinger, Psychology, Sociology Jeffrey C. Schubbe, Computer Science Amanda L. Schultz, Intervention Specialist Education Ashley E. Schumacher, Finance, International Business Kathleen M. Sellick, Premedicine Claire M. Shaw, Adolescence to Young Adult Education, English Kevin D. Shaw, Psychology Lauren E. Shewhart, Biology Kellie M. Shutter, Adolescence to Young Adult Education Angela M. Sibilia, Premedicine Bryan L. Sigward, Chemical Engineering, Spanish Daniel A. Smart, Chemical Engineering Emily K. Spade, Political Science Ryan A. Spear, Biochemistry Michael S. Stagliano, Marketing Andrew M. Steffensmeier, Premedicine Kevin C. Stevens, Electrical Engineering Emily A. Stienecker, Chemical Engineering Samantha J. Stringer, Premedicine Gail K. Susdorf, Psychology, Spanish Thiago T. Talzzia, Business Economics Cara M. Thistlethwaite, Marketing, Business Economics Jessica N. Thomas, Accounting, Finance Amy N. Timmerman, English, Political Science Olivia J. Ullery, English, Women’s and Gender Studies Kathryn F. Utter, Marketing, Entrepreneurship Alexandra M. Van Loon, International Studies, Spanish Jordan E. Vellky, Biology Gregory H. Versteeg, Biochemistry Erick C. Von Sas, Music Education Margaret C. Weber, Biology Michael T. Westendorf, Accounting, Psychology Molly R. Winslow, Sociology Caroline E. Wise, Chemical Engineering Michael A. Xavier, Sport Management Erin M. Yacovoni, Middle Childhood Education Jessica L. Yeager, Early Childhood Education Sarah R. Yedlick, English


Laura N. Karn, Psychology Lauren R. Kauffman, Entrepreneurship, Accounting Amy M. Keckler, Sociology Sarah A. Kerns, Political Science, History Kathryn M. Kinsel, Psychology Eileen T. Klug, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies Kevin C. Krucki, Electrical Engineering Andy J. Kurzhals, Political Science Ann-Marie Lee, Chemical Engineering Brian G. Lewis, Premedicine, Psychology Cole P. Little, Premedicine Katherine A. Liutkus, Premedicine Alexandria Lueke, English


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Research Publications

Hayley Douglas ’15: Won a scholarship paper competition through the PMI Program Management Office Community of Practice.

Danielle Kloke ’15: Co-authored “Insiders Dish on the Future of the Premium Food and Beverage Experience” with Dr. Peter Titlebaum, an article that appeared in SEAT magazine, Winter 2014.

C.C. Hutten ’15: Named the editorin-chief of the Flyer News for the 2014-15 school year. Dominic Sanfilippo ’16: Will be studying at Black Friar’s College in Oxford, England, during the Fall 2014 semester.

Prestigious Presentations Mariah Douglas ’14: East Central Writing Centers Association. Alexander Fred ’14: Montana State University International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference; Essay accepted at Second Annual Online Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Madison Irwin ’15: Annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, Calif. Hailey Kwon ’15: National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky. Amy Timmerman ’14: Midwest Political Science Association. Jessica Urban ’15: Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Samantha Stringer ’14: Author of “A survey of the trans-regulatory landscape for Drosophila melanogaster abdominal pigmentation,” which was published in Developmental Biology, January 15, 2014.

Prestigious Awards Lauren Banfield ’14: Bronze Hermes Award, American Advertising Federation, Dayton Chapter, February 2014, for her published thesis manuscript. Christine Cirillo ’14: Kenneth J. Kuntz Award for Outstanding Service in Psychology. Margaret Corrigan ’14: The William A. Beitzel Award to the Outstanding Student in Intervention Specialist Education (special education). Laura Huber ’14: The Dean Leonard A. Mann, S.M. Award of Excellence — recognition of the outstanding senior in the College whose academic record and record of service embody the three characteristics implicit in the motto “Learn, Lead and Serve.”

Julie Benedetto and friends walking through the neighborhood after class in Cantel, Guatemala.


Hailey Kwon ’15: Amgen Fellowship for research to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Summer 2014. Krista Morford ’17: University of Dayton 2013 Freshman Chemistry Student of the Year.

Amy Pancher ’14: The Dr. E.B. O’Leary Award, economics department. Erin Phillips ’14: The Dr. George Ruppel, S.M., Award of Excellence in Historical Research; SteinerBeauregard Phi Alpha Theta Service Award for Significant Service Promoting the Activities of the Delta Eta Chapter. Andrew Steffensmeier ’14: 2014 Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award. Jessica Yeager ’14: The Reverend George J. Renneker, S.M., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Teacher Education. Yuan Zhou ’16: Nontraditional/ Commuter Student Award — a demonstrated record of outstanding service, leadership and academic achievement while providing service and leadership to the campus community throughout his/her career at the University of Dayton; Reverend Theodore Koehler, S.M., International Student Award — for financial need, a good academic record and personal characteristics which reflect the Marianist tradition.

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Photo courtesy of Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski

Chaminade Scholars at Vatican Radio, Summer 2014.

University Honors Program New Cohorts BERRY SUMMER THESIS INSTITUTE 2014 Class of 2016 Research and Scholarship Brian Bates Krista Bondi Luke Bugada Joseph Ferber Genevieve Kocoloski Claire Konys Stephanie Loney Morgan Pair Maxwell Roeske Sarah Stalder Riley Weber

CHAMINADE SCHOLARS Class of 2017 Exploring a Call to Leadership and Service Elizabeth Abrams, Randy Brackman, Renee Brown, Ian Cali, Kieran Campbell, Jessica DeGroot, Blaise Eby, Alexandra Hallagan, Alexis Miles, Claire Sanfilippo, Virginia Saurine, Thomas Tappel, Mary Turner, Sarah Wood

DC FLYERS PROGRAM 2014 Inaugural Cohort Washington, D.C. Experiential Learning Elizabeth Brumleve ’16 Daniel Dashewich ’15 Erin Dexter ’16 Léa Dolimier ’16

Ian Dollenmayer ’16 Libby Durnwald ’15 Emily Fawcett ’16 Annemarie Fisher ’15 Anamaria Karrels ’16 Gurjot Kaur ’16 Taylor Kingston ’15 Kelly Miller ’15 Sara Pekar ’15 Shaughn Phillips ’15 Kathryn Schwaeble ’15 Joshua Tovey ’16

CORDELL F. HULL INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FUND Hull Fellows 2013-14 International Study, Leadership and Service Anna Adami ’16, Kathryn Anderson ’15, Jessica Beebe ’15, Anastasia Bjelopetrovich ’16, Krista Bondi ’16, Averie Bornhorst ’15, Kristin Burger ’15, Megan Burian ’16, Abigial Carr ’15,Veronica Colborn ’16, Mackenzie Courtney ’15,Anna Devine ’15, Libby Durnwald ’15, Amanda Ferrante ’16, Erin Fox ’16, Megan Frank ’15, Gianna Gizzi ’16, Olivia Hart ’14, Amanda Jolly ’16, Anamaria Karrels ’16, Peter Krzywosz ’16, Matthew Leff ’16, Anissa Maffett ’16, Margaret Maloney ’16, Nolan McNulty ’15, Lauren Mooney ’15, Krista Morford ’17, Ryan Mulligan ’15, Shannon Myers ’15, George Padavick ’17, Alyssa Roeckner ’16, Dominic Sanfilippo ’16, Khristian Santiago ’16, Kristin Schmidt ’16, Allison Serey ’15, Kevin Shaw ’14, Morgan Sheets ’16, Bonnie Steensen ’16, Nathan Turnwald ’15, Chelsea VanHook ’15, Carolyn Wahlen ’16, Riley Weber ’16, Caroline Wise ’14

STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE 2014-15 Officers and Chairs Leading Through Honors Activities Officers: Kevin Carroll ’15, President Rachel Braun ’16, Vice President / President-elect Megan Burian ’16, Treasurer / Secretary Chairs: Annemarie Fisher ’15, Professional Development Christian Ray ’17, Social Allison Serey ’15, Cultural and Intellectual Lyndsey Diggs ’15, Community Service

HONORS STUDENTS WELCOME 2014 Head Leaders Coordinating and Leading the Event Erich Auer ’17 Cassandra Brakers ’15 Luke Kozal ’17 Anna Syburg ’15 Abigial Tanner ’15 James Vogel ’16 Riley Weber ’16 Sarah Wood ’17 Online issues of


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September 15 Spring/Summer Hull Reports Due 27 Danny Arnold 5K Run/Walk TBD Juniors: Honors Diploma Workshop

October 15 Hull Applications Due for Spring 2015

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24 All-Chaminade Scholars Retreat TBD Junior Thesis Writers: Thesis Workshop Sessions TBD Fall Information Workshop for FirstYear and Second-Year Honors Students

November 15 December Graduates Theses Due TBD Hull Application Process Meeting


1 Honors Art Exhibition Entries Due

10 Juniors: Thesis Intent Documents Due 19 Honors Graduation Lunch 20 Fall Graduation Commencement

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News and notes from the University of Dayton Honors Program